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Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by demonlapin (#47260027) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
The difference is that the existence of birthers is actually a pretty good boost to the Democratic base. "Look at these crazy Republicans, they're so nuts they think he's not an American citizen! Donate to help us fight the hordes of ignorance!".

This comes off a lot more like "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." And then cue the missing evidence. Nixon was sunk by less than twenty minutes of audio. Two years of email?

After all, in Washington they're not bothered if you're corrupt. They're bothered if you're corrupt and can't hide it.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by demonlapin (#47219091) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin
The guy who flies a private plane has already undergone an FAA medical exam. In my state, at least, the medical exam and a slightly more strenuous road test is the only real difference between a private driver's license and a taxi/limo driver's license (vehicles holding 16 or more people are different, which is why they make 15-passenger vans). That's not a big barrier to entry.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by demonlapin (#47219071) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin
I get (and mostly agree with) your point, but a license to drive a cab/limo is barely more expensive than a regular one - in my state, $5 more every four years. It does require a medical exam and a scheduled road test, but those are one-time expenses. It's not like a year-long training program.

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